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2018 Awards Banquet

Mighty Civitans receive awards, Civitan of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and new officers inducted.

Bryan Chin and Nathan Waters

Bryan Chin (l), Awards Chair, recognizes Nathan Waters (r), Outgoing President.



Tammy Roppel recognized for service as Secretary









Laurel Hendrix recognized for service as Treasurer




Joe Liddy, Civitan of the Year




Matt Crawford, Citizen of the Year


Governor-elect Jerry Lavert



    Governor-elect Jerry Lavert inducts 2018-19 officers. Standing (l to r) Billy Kennedy, Sandy Lovvorn, Laurel Hendrix, Tammy Roppel, Kirk Iversen, Joe Liddy, Nathan Waters.


Governor-elect Jerry Lavert inducts new member Matt Crawford.


Helen Brown, Civitan International Fellow


President Nathan Waters (l) and Helen Brown (r)

Helen Brown was honored on February 20, 2018, for her dedicated work as an Auburn Civitan for over 33 years (and still counting).

Helen was awarded the Civitan International Research Fellowship, an endowment that provides scholarships, fellowships, and grants for scientists at the Civitan International Research Center.

Auburn Civitans Support Freeze Off

The Civitans were at Town Creek Park on Saturday, July 29, to support the first–ever Freeze Off. This program was organized to promote Auburn Parks and Rec. programs and to raise funds to build an ADA-approved playground at the Park.

A number of groups and individuals sponsored the event, provided home-made ice cream, and volunteered to help. The kids (and parents!) ate a lot of ice cream and did a fun run. Civitans helped service Charlie’s home-made ice cream, register attendees, and direct traffic.

Charlie’s ice cream was a great butter pecan and won the People’s Choice award for best ice cream! Well done, Charlie! More importantly, a good start was made on building support for the planned playground.

Auburn Bike Bash

BashPictureThe annual Auburn Bike Bash took place at Bailey Park on April 23, 2016. Over 150 riders rode their choices of 3–, 10– and 18– mile routes and had a lot of fun activities at the Park. Including volunteers and sponsors, about 300 folks took part in this year’s Bash.

The Auburn Civitan Club is a major sponsor of the Bash and many members helped out this year as traffic marshals and helping with registration tables and kids’ activities.

Brian Henry Citizen of the Year

Brian and Kirk

Brian Henry (l) receives Citizen of the Year award from Kirk Iversen (r).

The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes residents of the Auburn area who have contributed their time and efforts for the betterment of the community above and beyond contributions made to their employer. Such contributions must be of a meritorious nature, rendered unselfishly to community needs.

One of the Auburn Civitan Club’s most noteworthy projects has been the 4th Grade Bicycle Safety Education Program, in which every 4th grade student in the Auburn City Schools receives training in bicycle safety. Sponsored by the Auburn Civitan Club, the Auburn City Schools, and the City of Auburn, a fourth pillar of the program has been Brian Henry.

Brian has contributed to this project since it began in 1999. He helped select and obtain the original bicycles purchased for the project and others bought later for expansion and replacement. Every summer, and throughout the year as needed, Brian services the bicycles on his own time and without compensation to keep them useable for the students. The Bicycle Safety Program would not be the success it has been without Brian’s essential contributions.

Brian (aka “The Bike Dude”) has also been greatly involved in other bicycle projects in the community. He has been a major part of the Auburn Bike Bash (another project supported by the Auburn Civitan Club) since its beginning in 2000, providing materials and tune-ups for riders each year. He has also provided materials and expertise for a City of Auburn program for disadvantaged kids who learn to rebuild and maintain donated, second-hand bikes and then keep them.

These and other contributions to bicycling in the Auburn Community were recognized by the Auburn Bicycle Committee when Brian received the first Friend of the Bicycle Committee award in 2004 (the Auburn Civitan Club was a recipient in 2007).

Brian’s citizenship contributions are not only within the bicycling community. He has been greatly involved in community’s youth baseball program, serving as a coach and member of the Board of Directors for many years.